Young Brando take to the stage to perform a set not lacking in entertainment value, but having the majority of the crowd be unfamiliar with them makes for rather uncomfortable viewing as they attempt to win the masses over.
EofE open with a mash up cover of ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and struggle due to it soon becoming apparent they don’t know the right words to the Nirvana classic. After playing a short set, they end with a group bow, a sight often reserved for much bigger artists than themselves, and it’s a nice touch, but sadly, as their predecessors did, they exit to fanfare likely far less than what they hoped for.
The 3 Dudes fare better. The trio from South Carolina storm their way through songs such as ‘Gradually’, after which guitarist Jack is made to prove he can twerk as well as a certain Ms Cyrus. Despite being rather unknown, their set goes down the best so far, mass hand claps easily instigated and they bound off stage, heading home, to strong applause.
Beginning with a video presentation, set around the idea of ‘Back To The Future’, by the time the 6 members of McBusted appear, almost everyone is on their feet, singing along to ‘Air Hostess’. The pace doesn’t let up for a good half hour as Dougie, complete with illuminated pink guitar, and Matt in particular run their way round the curve set along the front of the stage.
‘Sleeping With The Light On’, performed by James, is the slowest song of the night so far, but one of the highlights – as thousands of people hold up their mobiles, the arena is awash with swaying, flickering lights.
Another video presentation gives the band a few minutes to move to their next set – towards the back of the venue, a spacecraft slowly lowers from the ceiling, a nifty idea considering the first track they play there is ‘Star Girl’. Mexican and royal waves are encouraged over the next fifteen minutes, before the band make their way to the stage again, ‘Thunderbirds Are Go!’ kicking off with a mass of pyrotechnics.
Having made a video parody of Tom’s wedding speech as an intro for ‘Crashed The Wedding’ Matt leads his bandmates, charging around in a wedding dress while in the minds of many, looking better in one than most women. It is of little surprise that ‘All About You’ goes down best of all, audience members both young and old singing along to every word.
Finally, as they round out their set with ‘Year 3000’, the arena comes alive with the pounding of thousands of hands and feet. Each band member slowly takes a bow before they leave, and as Harry swan dives from sight, the cheers and applause from all ages present echo long after the lights go up.